Nocton’s great start to the season continued on Sunday afternoon with a win at Horncastle. The home team won the toss and decided to ask Nocton to bat first. Mikey Atkinson and Miles Lynch set off attacking the Horncastle bowling and made a pacey start before they were out for 15 and 24 respectively. Paul Carrott played a steady innings of 12 leaving Kyle Thompson to play his typical commanding, aggressive style making 35. No-one else made double figures for Nocton, all falling to Jack Tate and Richard Hickling who took 7 wickets between them. Captain for the day David Franklin held the lower order together with 9* until we were all out for 122 in 33 overs.
Mikey and Miles, having opened the batting to good effect, did the same with the new ball. Mikey made an early break through getting opener Jonathan Clark caught by Miles for just 4 then Miles chipped in himself taking the next 3 wickets for just 17 runs. Gareth Jones held the Horncastle innings together with a well-crafted 41, the highest score of the day. When the quicker bowlers gave way to the spin of Paul Carrott and Rob Appleyard the home team began to crumble. Horncastle found Rob’s bowling mesmerising and he took 6 wickets for just 10 runs off 7 overs leaving Horncastle all out for 108, 14 runs short of Nocton’s total.
Report and photograph by Jonathan Sides
|Rob Appleyard, Nocton’s top bowler, who took a fantastic 6-10|